Education Savings Calculator1
|1.||Your childís age:|
|2.||Years to save (18 minus childís age):|
|3.||Costs per year (tuition, fees, room, board, books, supplies, transportation, and personal expenses.)2 Use your own figure or a 4-year average of $19,180 for a public college or $30,210 for a private college:|
|4.||Itís anticipated that costs will rise about 5 percent annually in coming years. The table below uses multipliers based on 5 percent. Use the multiplier for your own time horizon:|
|5.||5. Multiply step 3 by step 4 for the future total cost of higher education:|
|6.||Use the correct multiplier for the rate of return you anticipate on investments you have: (The example uses the multiplier for 8 percent; see chart).|
|7.||For the amount you will need to set aside each year, divide the results of step 5 by the multiplier from step 6:|
|8.||For a monthly amount, divide the annual amount by 12:|
1. Age 4
2. 14 years to save
3. Public: $19,180
4. (5%) = 8.5338
6. (8%) = 34.1842
7. Annually: $4,788.13
8. Monthly: $399.01
|Years left to start higher education||
Multiplier for anticipated rate of
return on investment(s)
5% 6% 8% 10%
0 4.3101 5.4875 5.5707 5.6561
1 4.5256 5.2927 5.3760 5.4609
2 4.7519 6.5426 6.7140 6.8927
3 4.9895 7.8662 8.1594 8.4689
4 5.2690 9.2689 9.7210 10.2041
5 5.5009 10.7554 11.4078 12.1142
6 5.7760 12.3306 13.2297 14.2170
7 6.0648 14.0003 15.1982 16.4317
8 6.3680 15.7699 17.3244 19.0803
9 6.6864 17.6451 19.6214 21.8858
10 7.0207 19.6323 22.1024 24.9745
11 7.3718 21.7389 24.7828 28.3743
12 7.7404 23.9713 27.6779 32.1183
13 8.1274 26.3371 30.8057 36.2399
14 8.5338 28.8446 34.1842 40.7778
15 8.9604 31.5021 37.8337 45.7737
16 9.4085 34.3188 41.7660 51.2740
17 9.8789 37.3037 46.0348 57.3305
18 10.3728 40.4676 50.6350 63.9989
Types of Education Investments
Now that youíve determined how much youíll need to save, you need to decide which types of investments will benefit you the most. The answer often depends on your childís age.
Newborn to 10 Years: Consider investments that have
the potential to grow in value, such as common stocks
or stock mutual funds.
10 to 14 Years: Consider a balanced investment
portfolio that consists of growth stocks or stock mutual
funds, and limited maturity bonds or bond funds.
14 Years and Older: Consider investments that
provide income and liquidity, such as income-oriented
mutual funds, limited maturity bonds, and bond funds.
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Coverdell Education Savings Accounts (CESAs)*
Coverdell Education Savings Accounts (CESAs), formerly known as Education IRAs, allow you to make annual non-deductible contributions designated to an investment account. The contribution limit is $2,000 annually. If any balance remains in a CESA after all expenses are paid, the account can be transferred to another eligible family member. If an account is not transferred prior to the recipient reaching age 30, the remaining funds are deemed distributed with income taxes and a 10% penalty due on the earnings.
- Money grows tax-deferred*.
- Withdrawals for up to the childís amount of qualified education expenses for that year are exempt from federal taxes*.
Rollovers to other eligible family members under age of 30 are permitted.
- Beneficiary must withdraw the money before age 30 unless a special needs beneficiary or assets transferred to another family member.
- Limits on contributions by upper-income tax payers*.
- May affect financial aid eligibility.
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529 plans are qualified tuition programs maintained by states or eligible educational institutions that offer investors professionally managed, tax-advantaged portfolios to help meet rising college expenses through investment management firms. These plans are designed to help families save for future college costs.
There are two general types of 529 plans: prepaid tuition plans and savings plans. The states offering prepaid tuition contracts covering in-state tuition will allow you to transfer the value of your contract to private and out-of-state schools, although you may not get full value depending on the particular state. If you decide to use a savings plan, the full value of your account can be used at any accredited college
or university in the country, along with some foreign institutions. The savings plans are managed by some of the best mutual fund companies and investment management firms in the country.
- Tax-deferred* accumulation and tax-free withdrawals* (when solely used for qualified education expenses).
- No income restrictions on eligibility of donor gifting money to 529 plan.
- Estate tax benefits: 529 plan value removed from donorís estate.
- Donor can gift forward $65,000 in the first year or $13,000 annually per donee (for 2011, indexed thereafter) without gift tax consequences*.
- Larger contribution amounts (up to $250,000).
- Donor is in control of account.
- In-state residents may qualify for state income tax deductions* and exemptions (state tax laws may vary).
- Prepaid tuition plan is designed only to match rate of tuition inflation of in-state public universities, whereas a savings plan is flexible depending on investment selections and returns.
- The number of eligible colleges may be restricted in some states with the prepaid tuition plan; the savings plan has no restrictions.
- Non-qualified distributions subject to income tax* and a 10% penalty on the earnings.
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The Uniform Gifts to Minors Act and Uniform Transfers to Minors Account
The Uniform Gifts to Minors Act (UGMA) and Uniform Transfers to Minors Account (UTMA) let you gift cash and other assets to minor children for taxadvantages.
- Custodian manages account when child is a minor.
- Investment income typically is taxed to child*.
No costly legal fees or reporting requirements.
- Transfer of assets is irrevocable.
- Child gains control of account when reaching majority age (usually 18 or 21).
- Assets may be considered when applying for financial aid.
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Cash value life insurance is another alternative for college planning. Variable Universal Life insurance (VUL)4 provides tax-deferred growth with the bonus of permanent life insurance protection. A primary purpose of life insurance is to provide for dependents at the death of a primary wage earner paying for everyday needs, the home mortgage, or education of family members.
- Owner controls money and chooses from multiple investment options.
- No pre-591/2 restrictions on withdrawals of principal.
- Tax-deferred accumulation with tax-free withdrawals*.
- Self-completing in the event of death.
- Accumulation value generally not considered an asset when applying for financial aid to meet college expenses.
- Typically 10-year minimum time horizon for withdrawals.
- Minimum funding requirements.
- Must be insurable.
- Underwriting requirements must be met.
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Additional Funding Sources
- Government Series EE and I Savings Bonds
- Home Equity Loans
- Retirement Funds
- Zero Coupon Bonds
- Federal Loans
- Roth and Traditional IRAs
- Tax-efficient Mutual Funds*
- Real Estate
- HOPE and Lifetime Learning Credits
- Student Loan Interest Deductions
- Tax credits and deductions*
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*Consult your tax advisor.